This is where the hub of Weldon’s Early Transportation History was centered. Explore these early sites that Weldon is known for. This is also an area that is popular with train watchers and photographers.
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Flatiron Building ca. 1877-1897
The buildings on the west side of Washington Avenue make up Weldon’s Flatiron Block. When you get to the end of the street you will find the apex of this triangle shape building. The first building built in 1877 with others in 1882 and 1897 were built this way because the train tracks ran at an angle to the street grid,
Once upon a time, (see the 1893 map below) what is now the back of the buildings were actually the storefronts facing the very active railroad tracks where there was a large train shed that covered 5 train tracks that were in the area where there is one track now. A large hotel was in the lot between the low track and the high track.
This a is a popular spot of photographers taking family or wedding photos.
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Railroad Informational Sign
Oldest Railroad Building in the State ca. 1840
The building on the right side of the train tracks is the Oldest Railroad building in the State.
The first portion (furthest away from the street) was built by the Portsmouth and Roanoke Railway between 1838 and 1845 as a Freight Depot. The building has been renovated and serves as a group of radio stations.
Weldon’s Union Station ca. 1911
The yellow brick building on the left is the old Union Station for the Atlantic Coast Lines and Seaboard Coast Lines. ACL passages would board the trains on the elevated track and SCL utilized the lower tracks. Passage service ceased in 1971 and the building became the public library in 1978. Passage service will soon return with Amtrak making daily stops.
Atlantic Coast Line Embankment and Viaduct ca. 1910
The Largest and most visible resource in the Weldon Historic District; consists of high earthen and stone embankment approximately 0.8 mile long from about Eighth Street to First Street, from where it continues as a viaduct about 1/4 mile north to the Roanoke River. The Embankment and Viaduct was part of facility improvement by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Seaboard Air Line in 1910 to provide more efficient operations in Weldon;
The Red Caboose
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Amtrak - Coming Soon
Local government officials are work with the railroad to allow passenger service to return to Weldon with Amtrak making daily stops. This will be several years in the making, but Weldon looks forward to the Economic boom this can provide.